Seen from a distance, you would think the mountain is the same colour as the sky but,up close, the many different hues are one of the attractions on this tough route from the craggy coast with its impressive, sheer cliffs. Head towards Odiáxere alongside the Arão Stream and on towards the Algarve International Motor Racing Circuit. This part of the route is a fun mix of ups and down until you reach Senhora do Verde, Rasmalho and Porto de Lagos. At the Odelouca Stream you start an 11-kilometre uphill ride to the summit of Picota, the second-highest point in the region, at 774 metres. A tricky downhill stretch of narrow road lets you “slip” into Monchique, before arriving at Chilrão by going around the summit at Fóia along a winding road overlooking the uplands. The final part of the route lets you visit Aljezur, Carrapateira, Vila do Bispo and Budens, after which you will be back on the coastal road again, to enjoy the pleasant beaches of Burgau and Luz.